Jayshree Shah

Jayshree Shah

Chicago, IL, US



I am a licensed architect in the State of Illinois and NCARB certified with accreditation as a LEED AP BD+C.  

My conceptual design ideas have successfully influenced several projects in education, commercial office, retail, residential, hotel, and health-care functions.  My solid technical and management skills are based on thorough research and experience through all design and construction phases.  I work well in collaborative team efforts as well as independently based on the needs of the project. 

With 3 years of leading volunteer projects in low-income house renovation in the local community, I have developed a strong sense of creative innovation of materials reuse and management of minimal funding in real applications.  I recognize the need for affordable and sustainable architecture and the impact it has on the community.

By participating in the CAF Newhouse Jury competition for 3 years and having a dedicated role in leading the Summer Intern Program at SOM, I feel strongly towards the education of students interested in the arts, architecture, and design.


Jayshree Shah, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C



American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, Technical Marketing Representative

Responsible for penetrating niche markets on a national level and informing the design community of the advantages of structural steel.
Focus: Multifamily, Hospitality, Student and Senior Housing

Develops and delivers technical marketing presentations and publications.
Provides resources and case study research.
Leads outreach to architecture community.

Mar 2015 - current

bKL Architecture LLC, Chicago, IL, US, Associate, Project Architect (pursuing licensure)

• Perform as Project Architect for the GEMS World Academy - Phase 1 school in Chicago, IL. Leading the development of design and technical coordination of a new school campus serving 2,100 K-12 students in two high rise buildings located in downtown Chicago. The 310,000 s.f. facility includes a 500 seat auditorium, black box theater, planetarium, television and recording studios, technology labs, 6 lane pool competition gym, fitness center, two libraries, two dining centers, rooftop play spaces and student and parent lounges. Phase 1 construction to be completed Fall 2014
• Lead team in creating drawing sets from planning through construction, conducting program analysis, preparing design presentations, coordination with consultants, developing specifications, reviewing zoning and code requirements, and producing permit sets
• Provide design concepts for exterior and interior spaces for multi-use buildings and educational facilities
• Deliver technical guidance and integration of digital programs at a supervisory level
• Liaison between client and construction team via review of submittals and on-site observation
• Organize and develop file management system and creation of project templates
• Research of precast concrete modular systems in local and international settings for temporary and permanent mass housing for the World Cup hosted by Qatar
• Supported preservation and re-utilization of the Lathrop Homes housing project in Chicago, IL
• Develop site, plan, and exterior facade concepts for mixed-use high-rise projects in Chicago, IL

Dec 2011 - Mar 2015

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Chicago, IL, US, Senior Architect, Level E, unlicensed

• Managed projects over 20 people as a Team Leader with design and technical skills
• Guided large team as Digital Design Coordinator for document submissions utilizing REVIT / CAD
• Collaborated with large multi-disciplinary teams to develop major complexes of commercial, hotel, residential & healthcare buildings in both local and international settings, several of which have met the LEED or equivalent standards for Green Building Design
• Performed on-site observation, prepared and documented technical RFIs, and participated in OAC meetings for Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, IL during Construction Administration
• Coordinated and led the Summer Intern Program, exposing young architects and engineers to local Chicago architecture, the SOM partnership, and firm culture
• Organized firm-wide training to hone architectural skills, technical detailing, and enhancement instruction
• Led office-wide efforts to annually renovate local low-income houses in conjunction with the national non-profit organization Rebuilding Together; inclusive of managing the budget, securing donations, coordinating and actively participating in construction activities, and recruiting volunteers
• Supported concept design of a school for disadvantaged children in South India on behalf of LIFT-India

Jul 2006 - Dec 2011

James, Harwick + Partners, Dallas, TX, US, Summer Intern

• Assisted architects with site planning and schematic design packages for multi- and single-tenant housing in a small team environment
• Graphically designed a submission to an AIA award competition

Jun 2004 - Aug 2004

City of Dallas Long Range Planning Department, Dallas, TX, US, Summer Intern

• Aided in plan development, research and analysis for historical / conservation districts and public transit system (DART - Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
• Participated in public city council meetings with city planners and Dallas residents concerning city policies

Jun 2003 - Aug 2003

Opus West Construction Corporation, Dallas, TX, US, Summer Intern

• Coordinated 3 commercial design-build projects, including two of new construction and one renovation
• Produced bidding, contract, and various construction documents

Jun 2002 - Aug 2002


The University of Texas at Austin, BArch, School of Architecture

University Honors Student
Received Bachelor of Architecture

Aug 2000 - May 2006


Chicago Women in Architecture - Women Building Change - Featured Exhibit, Other

Fellow colleagues at bKL featured in the exhibit by CWA for the GEMS World Academy project.


Areas of Specialization 


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